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Bunny Wailer obituary

Founder member of the Wailers whose debut solo album Blackheart Man is regarded as one of reggae’s finestAs one-third of the Wailers with Bob Marley and Peter Tosh, Bunny Wailer, who has died aged 73 of a stroke, was an integral part of the most influential musical group to have emerged from Jamaica. The least feted of the trio, he was in many ways the most respected, for as each of the Wailers pursued solo careers from the mid-1970s onwards – Marley to become reggae’s global evangelist and Tosh...
Tags: Music, Americas, World news, Culture, Jamaica, Marley, Reggae, Bob Marley, Wailers, Tosh, Bunny Wailer, Wailer, SKA, Peter Tosh Bunny Wailer


The brilliant Bunny Wailer pushed reggae forward on his own terms

The Jamaican star, who has died aged 73, returned to his roots after global fame with Bob Marley to deepen and diversify reggae with a powerful sense of creative freedomThe documentary film Fire in Babylon, the story of the West Indies cricket team of the 70s and 80s, is peppered with contributions from that all-conquering side, but the show was comprehensively stolen less than five minutes in by the nattily dressed Bunny Wailer sitting on a boulder. He is eloquent and insightful, talking about ...
Tags: Music, Americas, World news, Culture, Jamaica, Marley, Reggae, Bob Marley, Caribbean, West Indies, Bunny, Babylon, Wailers, Tosh, Bunny Wailer, Wailer


Bunny Wailer, last surviving founder member of the Wailers, dies aged 73

Reggae artist and three-time Grammy winner found worldwide fame alongside Bob Marley in the early 1970sBunny Wailer, the co-founder and last living member of Jamaican reggae group the Wailers, who took Bob Marley to global stardom, has died aged 73.His manager Maxine Stowe confirmed his death to the Jamaica Observer. Wailer had been frequently hospitalised since suffering a stroke in July 2020. Continue reading...
Tags: Music, Americas, World news, Culture, Pop and rock, Jamaica, Reggae, Bob Marley, Wailers, Bunny Wailer, Maxine Stowe, Jamaica Observer Wailer


Tiro de Gracia – Blackclansaga

Les presentamos la canción “Blackclansaga” del legendario grupo de rap chileno Tiro de Gracia. En el renacer del grupo al que le dan vida las voces de Zaturno y Lenwa Dura, el mensaje más relevante ha sido la importancia de las raíces, de continuar el legado musical y la lírica del hip hop clásico. La música tiene en cuenta el bombo clap de los 90’s y un poco de reggae.The post Tiro de Gracia – Blackclansaga first appeared on UndergroundHipHopBlog.
Tags: Jazz, Reggae, Español, 2021, Hip Hop en español, Blackclansaga, Bombo Clap, Lenwa Dura, Rap chileno, Tiro de Gracia, Zaturno


‘Right now I’m into Libyan reggae’: the music label delving into the Arab world's back catalogue

Jannis Stürtz has trawled Casablanca and rooted around a factory in Sousse for music. The Habibi Funk founder talks about his passion for Tunisian disco, Sudanese jazz and Lebanese soft rockNot long ago, Jannis Stürtz was at home in Berlin, checking the Instagram and Twitter pages for his record label, Habibi Funk. The former has 75,000 followers, testament to the treasure trove of information about “eclectic sounds from the Arab world” the feed contains: DJ mixes, old photos, posters, potted ar...
Tags: Music, Instagram, Berlin, World news, Culture, Middle East and North Africa, Pop and rock, Morocco, Vinyl, Sudan, Libya, Algeria, Drake, Reggae, Cassette Tape, Casablanca


U-Roy: the singularly musical toaster was a vital part of reggae's bloodline

His inspired technique made toasting into an international phenomenon, yet he was endearingly modest to the end U-Roy, legendary reggae toaster, dies aged 78For as long as there have been soundsystems, there have been DJs toasting them. Known as “the originator”, U-Roy was far from the first, but nobody had made a significant impact outside Jamaica before him. In 1970, his album Version Galore landed in London courtesy of Trojan Records. We’d never heard anything like it. There had been soundsys...
Tags: Music, London, Americas, World news, Culture, Roy, Jamaica, Reggae, Duke Reid


Lord Pert – Show Dreamers (Live Session)

Live Session del artista bogotano Lord Pert quién está influenciado por géneros como el Rap, Reggae, con una lírica de contenido explícito basado en el respeto, el amor, la vida y las calles. El video es un directo realizado desde el canal de youtube del artista. REDES SOCIALES Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCYtoTiCs-c1xjvFfobLz4XQ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/lordpertofficial Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/lordpert/ Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/album/6C0PQoyHjvbKp...
Tags: Rap, Colombia, Jazz, Reggae, Bogota, Español, Mic Sessions, Live Session, Lord Pert


Could Steve McQueen start a lovers rock revival with Small Axe?

Streaming services expect rise in searches for the 70s pop-reggae genre, a staple of the blues parties that shaped UK musicOne of the most memorable moments in Steve McQueen’s Lovers Rock – the latest film in his five-part anthology series Small Axe – comes when a room full of young revellers sing Janet Kay’s classic Silly Games with their eyes closed, lost in the music, as they imitate her signature falsetto.A staple of the lovers rock genre, which emerged in the 70s and was a blend of pop, reg...
Tags: Music, UK, Television, Film, UK News, Culture, Pop and rock, Television & radio, Music Streaming, Dance music, Steve McQueen, Reggae, Mcqueen, Kay, Janet Kay


Steve McQueen: 'It's rebel music that moves me'

The director on the reggae-fuelled house parties he witnessed as a child - lovingly recreated in his new film, Lovers Rock – and how their raw energy shaped his taste in musicSteve McQueen guest-edit: the filmmaker answers questions from celebrity admirersPaul Gilroy: ‘I don’t think we can afford the luxury of pessimism’ Reggae music is the beating heart of Steve McQueen’s Small Axe series, which traces Black British experience from the late 1960s to the early 1980s. In the 1970s, when the chara...
Tags: Music, England, London, Film, Molly, Society, Soul, Culture, Punk, Blues, Steve McQueen, Reggae, Bob Marley, Mcqueen, Bush, Shepherd


A thousand teardrops: how doo-wop kickstarted Jamaica's pop revolution

A pair of new compilations trace the roots of reggae’s sublime songcraft back to the influence of 1950s crooners, with their close harmonies and swooning romanceIn late 1961, a young teenager called James Chambers turned up unannounced at Beverley’s restaurant and ice cream parlour on Orange Street in Kingston, Jamaica. In search of a sponsor, he told the owners, three Chinese-Jamaican brothers, that he had written a song for them. His audacity paid off and a few months later, Dearest Beverley w...
Tags: Music, Americas, World news, Culture, Jamaica, Reggae, Bob Marley, Chambers, KINGSTON Jamaica, Kong, Beverley, Maytals, Orange Street, Jimmy Cliff, Desmond Dekker, Leslie Kong


Bunny 'Striker' Lee, Jamaican reggae producer, dies aged 79

Prolific reggae and dub pioneer worked with decades of stars from John Holt and Slim Smith to Beenie Man and Buju BantonJamaican producer Bunny “Striker” Lee, who helped cultivate rhythms of reggae and dub working with many of the island’s biggest stars, has died aged 79.His cause of death is not known, but he was reported to have suffered kidney disease in recent months. DJ David Rodigan was among those paying tribute, saying: “The reggae world has lost another iconic figure; Bunny “Striker” Le...
Tags: Music, Americas, World news, Culture, Pop and rock, Jamaica, Reggae, Bunny, Lee, David Rodigan, Slim Smith, John Holt, Lee Jamaican, Buju BantonJamaican


Johnny Nash, reggae singer best known for I Can See Clearly Now, dies aged 80

Nash, who rose from pop crooner to reggae star and topped the charts in 1972 with his positive-vibes anthem, had been in declining healthJohnny Nash, a singer-songwriter and performer of the million-selling anthem I Can See Clearly Now, has died at the age of 80.Nash, who had been in declining health, died of natural causes at home in Houston, the city of his birth, said his son, Johnny Nash Jnr. Continue reading...
Tags: Music, Americas, World news, Australia news, US news, Culture, Jamaica, Reggae, Bob Marley, Houston, Nash, Johnny Nash, Johnny Nash Jnr


#TrackoftheDay: “Man Kind”

Misty in RootsUK (1979) I’m late to the game for British reggae, for the most part. After all, it was only recently I heard this track for the first time–it was a favorite of DJ John Peel’s, and he had it on a radio program about his ten favorite tracks. It’s clear why he loved it. It’s fantastic. From the Live at the Counter Eurovision 79 live album. The live album as it stands appears to be out of print. Which sucks. However, the best place to catch the tra...
Tags: Music, Stimuli, Brit, John Peel, Reggae


Toots & The Maytals: Funky Kingston

Singer-songwriter for Toots & The Maytals, multi-instrumentalist and reggae pioneer Frederick “Toots” Hibbert has passed away in Kingston, Jamaica—the birthplace of the music he helped create. His 1968 song “Do The Reggay” remains widely believed to be the first to namecheck reggae (at the time a fledgling genre influenced by mento—Jamaican folk music that combines elements from Africa and Europe—as well as jazz and R&B, …
Tags: Europe, Music, Design, Africa, Culture, Obituaries, Jamaica, Reggae, Kingston, Rocksteady, Listenup, KINGSTON Jamaica, Toots, SKA, Toots and the Maytals, Funky Kingston


Toots Hibbert: his 10 most essential recordings

A pioneer and one of reggae’s sharpest, most relatable songwriters, Hibbert’s 55-year career was full of great musicSweet and Dandy (1972) Continue reading...
Tags: Music, Americas, World news, Culture, Jamaica, Reggae, Hibbert, SKA, Toots and the Maytals, Toots Hibbert


Salute Toots Hibbert – a reggae pioneer to rival Bob Marley | Kenan Malik

The late singer was at the heart of an extraordinary collision of music, culture and politicsI can still remember the first time I heard Pressure Drop. The little drum intro. The bass riff. The rhythm guitars. And then the voice of Toots Hibbert, a voice both soulful and raw, comforting but just a little menacing too.It was a song to bring joy, to get a roomful of Doc Martens bouncing. It was also a song about revenge and karma. That was the way with Hibbert – the melding of the blissful and the...
Tags: Music, Americas, UK News, World news, Culture, Jamaica, Reggae, Bob Marley, Hibbert, Doc Martens, Kenan Malik, Toots Hibbert


Toots Hibbert's last interview: 'Don’t take life for granted, be careful, be strong'

‘My lucky charms are my songs’, the reggae icon told Miranda Sawyer as he promoted his final album, Got to Be ToughToots Hibbert dies aged 77Toots Hibbert brought out his most recent album, Got to Be Tough, in August. What now stands as his final album is a positive listen, with lyrics about overcoming obstacles and needing more love in your heart, and his voice is as soulful as ever. He produced the album himself and it features Ziggy Marley, Sly Dunbar, Cyril Neville and Zak Starkey. He was bu...
Tags: Music, Americas, Culture, Jamaica, Reggae, Hibbert, Miranda Sawyer, Maytals, Toots, SKA, Toots and the Maytals, Toots Hibbert, Ziggy Marley Sly Dunbar Cyril Neville, Zak Starkey He


Toots Hibbert, pioneering reggae star, dies aged 77

Frontman of Toots and the Maytals helped make reggae globally famousToots Hibbert, whose glorious songcraft as frontman of Toots and the Maytals helped make reggae globally famous, has died aged 77.A statement from his family on Saturday read: “It is with the heaviest of hearts to announce that Frederick Nathaniel “Toots” Hibbert passed away peacefully tonight, surrounded by his family at the University Hospital of the West Indies in Kingston, Jamaica. Continue reading...
Tags: Music, Americas, World news, Culture, Pop and rock, Jamaica, Reggae, Hibbert, Maytals, Kingston Jamaica Continue, Toots, SKA, University Hospital of the West Indies, Toots Hibbert, Frederick Nathaniel


Bob Marley's "Redemption Song" gets a beautiful hand-animated music video

Paris-based Mathematic Studio produced a lovely animation for Bob Marley's timeless "Redemption Song." Directed by Octave Marsal and Théo de Gueltzl, the work draws heavily on imagery and iconography surrounding Ras Tafari, aka Haile Selassie, as well as the pan-African and diaspora political movements. Image: Vimeo / Mathematic Studio
Tags: Video, Music, News, Animation, Paris, Reggae, Bob Marley, Haile Selassie, Ras Tafari, Octave Marsal, Theo De Gueltzl, Mathematic Studio


Toots Hibbert of reggae group Toots and the Maytals in intensive care

Reggae legend awaiting results of a Covid-19 test at a private facility in Kingston, JamaicaToots Hibbert, frontman of reggae group Toots and the Maytals, has been admitted to an intensive care unit in a Jamaican hospital with a possible case of Covid-19.A statement from his family said Hibbert was waiting for the results of a coronavirus test: “While reports of Mr Hibbert being in an intensive care unit at a private facility in the Corporate Area are true, the family would like to assure those ...
Tags: Music, Americas, Culture, Jamaica, Reggae, Hibbert, Maytals, Toots, Toots Hibbert, Coronavirus outbreak, Kingston JamaicaToots Hibbert, Corporate Area


'Ghetto presidents': musicians risk all to take on authoritarian rule in Africa

Artists taking on political roles from Algeria to Zambia have been beaten, detained and killedThey call him the “ghetto president”, and his ambition is to bring the dreams and the sounds of the streets to the corridors of power.Bobi Wine, a popular reggae star and prominent opposition MP in Uganda, will release a new album next month that addresses what he calls “the real issues people are facing – the injustices, corruption, high taxation, misrule, abuse of human rights, dictatorship.” Continue...
Tags: Music, Nigeria, Africa, World news, Rap, Uganda, Culture, Hip-hop, Ethiopia, Tanzania, Zambia, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Algeria, Reggae, Bobi Wine


Watch Ziggy Marley play his dad's songs in honor of Bob Marley's 75th birthday

This year marked the 75th birthday of the great Bob Marley (1945-1981). As part of the celebration, Bob Marley and Rita Marley's son Ziggy Marley, 51, just recorded a full concert of his father's music. Watch above! (The performance was recorded at a studio in Los Angeles with clear partitioners between the band members.) According to Rolling Stone, Marley's platinum birthday year will be commemorated by numerous events and releases including "the 12-part documentary series Bob Marley: Right...
Tags: Video, Music, News, Los Angeles, Reggae, Bob Marley, Ziggy Marley, Rita Marley, One Love, Rolling Stone Marley


'Every black man have to fight': Buju Banton on prison and liberation

Jamaica’s reggae megastar received a hero’s welcome when he came home after seven years in a US jail. ‘No guts, no glory – that’s my genesis,’ he says in a rare interview At the end of 2018, the reggae star Buju Banton returned to Jamaica after almost seven years in a US prison, and Norman Manley international airport was mobbed. His flight was delayed, the chants of “We want Buju” ramped up, then after a brief prayer huddle in the customs area, he pushed into the arrivals hall to pandemonium. I...
Tags: Music, Race, Americas, US, World news, Culture, Jamaica, Reggae, Kingston, US prisons, Caribbean, Norman Manley, Buju Banton, Banton


Bobby Digital: Jamaican reggae producer dies aged 59

Producer who worked with artists such as Shabba Ranks, Garnett Silk and Morgan Heritage was a maverick of the dancehall eraRenowned Jamaican record producer Robert “Bobby Digital” Dixon died in a Kingston hospital on 21 May, aged 59. The cause of death was kidney disease.One of the most respected producers of the dancehall era, Dixon transformed contemporary reggae several times over, enjoying tremendous international success with Shabba Ranks, Garnett Silk, Sizzla Kalonji and Morgan Heritage. H...
Tags: Music, Americas, World news, Culture, Jamaica, Reggae, Kingston, Latin America, Robert, Dixon, Morgan Heritage, Shabba, Bobby Digital, Shabba Ranks Garnett Silk Sizzla Kalonji


Jamaican reggae vocalist Bob Andy dies aged 75

Socially conscious singer’s hit version of Young, Gifted and Black reached No 5 in the UK charts with duo Bob and MarciaBob Andy, the reggae vocalist who performed a hit version of Young, Gifted and Black as part of the duo Bob and Marcia, has died aged 75 after a short illness.His death was confirmed by his collaborator on that song, Marcia Griffiths, who told the Jamaica Observer he died at 8am on Friday 27 March. Continue reading...
Tags: Music, UK, Americas, UK News, World news, Culture, Pop and rock, Jamaica, Bob, Reggae, Marcia, Jamaica Observer, Marcia Griffiths, Bob Andy, Young Gifted and Black, MarciaBob Andy


Psychedelic reggae for deep heads

For nearly forty years, master Nyabinghi percussionist Bonjo Iyabinghi Noah has collaborated with dub magician Adrian Sherwood/On-U Sound and friends in a psychedelic reggae ensemble called African Head Charge. (In the 1980s, their first album, My Life in a Hole in the Ground (1981), was the go-to soundtrack for my own personal journeys into inner space.) On March 6, they're following up a series of vinyl reissues with Drumming Is A Language: 1990-2011 a CD box set or vinyl bundle containing f...
Tags: Post, Music, News, Reggae, Nyabinghi, Psychedelic, Adrian Sherwood, DUB, Bonjo Iyabinghi Noah


Today in History: Bob Marley was born. He'd have been 75 in 2020.

Reggae legend and activist Bob Marley was born on this day in 1945. He would have turned 75 this year. The Jamaican singer was born on February 6. Bob Marley died of cancer in 1981, at age 36. In Los Angeles last Friday, Bob Marley’s children, including Cedella Marley, Julian Marley and Rohan Marley, and several of the late singer's grandchildren, all held a pre-Grammys brunch. The gathering also celebrated Julian Marley, who was nominated for best reggae album at last Sunday’s Grammy Awa...
Tags: Video, Music, News, Los Angeles, History, Katy Perry, Marley, Reggae, Bob Marley, Today In History, Lazer, Rohan Marley, Cedella Marley, Julian Marley, On This Day, Cedella Marley Julian Marley


I'm loving this Reggae, Dub, Ska and Rocksteady internet radio station

LISTEN: 'Heavyweight Reggae.' Yep, the name is right, and the channel delivers. My old pal Rusty Hodge from SomaFM, a longtime independent internet hero and early blogger and NASA space shuttle fanatic -- such a cool guy! -- ah, focus, Xeni! Okay, so Rusty and SomaFM just launched an awesome new SomaFM internet radio channel dedicated to the classic roots of reggae. Heavyweight Reggae. It is SO GREAT. 'Bob Marley live in concert in Zurich, Switzerland, on May 30, 1980,' CC BY-SA 3.0, Phot...
Tags: Post, Music, News, Nasa, Fun, Radio, Jamaica, Reggae, Bob Marley, Internet Radio, Dion, Josh, Garcia, Watts, Zurich Switzerland, Rusty


Listen Up

Reggae, hip-hop and R&B collide for our favorite music from this week Skip Marley feat. H.E.R.: Slow Down Sultry and smooth, Skip Marley and H.E.R.’s collaborative single, “Slow Down,” combines reggae and R&B influences to underscore a true duet, with each artist shining. H.E.R. (aka Gabriella Wilson) lends her award-winning vocals, while Marley (the grandson of Bob Marley) offers charisma and flirtatiousness—with the latter emphasized …
Tags: Music, Design, Music Videos, Hip-hop, Rb, Marley, Reggae, Bob Marley, Listenup, Collaborations, New Music, Skip Marley, Listen Up, Gabriella Wilson


Skip Marley feat. H.E.R.: Slow Down

Sultry and smooth, Skip Marley and H.E.R.’s collaborative single, “Slow Down,” combines reggae and R&B influences to underscore a true duet, with each artist shining. H.E.R. (aka Gabriella Wilson) lends her award-winning vocals, while Marley (the grandson of Bob Marley) offers charisma and flirtatiousness—with the latter emphasized by the accompanying video.
Tags: Music, Design, Music Videos, Culture, Hip-hop, Rb, Marley, Reggae, Bob Marley, Listenup, Collaborations, Skip Marley, Collabs, Duets, H.e.r, Gabriella Wilson



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